The Latest: Second confederate monument defaced in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the vandalism of Confederate monuments in Arizona (all times local):

12 p.m.

Authorities report that a second Confederate monument in Arizona has been defaced.

Police say the monument on U.S. 60 near Gold Canyon was found covered in tar and feathers on Thursday. An investigation is ongoing.

This is the second monument to be defaced in the past several days. The Confederate Troops Memorial outside the Arizona Capitol was spray painted white sometime before Thursday morning.

Confederate monuments around the country have been removed or defaced since the weekend as the country grapples with a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists and white supremacists protested plans to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Black leaders have called for the removal of such monuments for several years, saying they glorify racism.

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9:50 p.m.

A Confederate monument at an Arizona state government memorial plaza in Phoenix has been cleaned after it was defaced with paint a second time this week amid controversy over Confederate statutes and other honors.

The state Department of Public Safety says troopers early Thursday morning confirmed that the Confederate Troops Memorial at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza had been painted. The DPS says a suspect described as a white man in his 40s was last seen riding a bicycle nearby.

The state Department of Administration says the monument also was cleaned Wednesday after it was painted Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday denounced hate groups but refused to heed calls from civil rights leaders to take the lead to remove six Confederate monuments in Arizona.

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